Lyrical, evocative and meticulously painted, these enamel pearl earrings rival any oil painting for their artistry.
Two opposing goddesses or women revel in the earthly delights. Adorned with grape leaves, grapes and flora, their headdresses are lush and full. Each is clothed in ocher hued robes that are adorned with more grape leaves.
Similar to a cameo habillé, there are rose cut diamonds embedded within the enamel. Several dot the head wreaths and more on the dress and flora glint and sparkle. Each portrait is brought to life with vivid polychrome enamels and each is slightly different, individually created by hand.
Facing or opposing each other, often antique earrings with portrayals of animals or humans were constructed with this level of detail. Rather than merely stamped out imagery all alike, it highlights the care and attention each has received. They may be worn facing outward on inward.
Petite white in color, half seed pearls rim the "U" shaped perimeter. One half natural saltwater pearl rests atop the miniature paintings. The settings are created in 10k gold, the wires in 18k.
In Greek mythology these two women represent followers of Dionysus. Often termed, Maenads in Grecian lore. In Roman myth, these were referred to as Bacchantes. Evident in their dress, these maidens are symbols of celebration, wine and grapes, fertility orchards and fruit or abundance. Often dressed in fawn skin, the tawny robes they wear here may highlight that legend.